What to do with Leftover Potatoes

Thanksgiving is the holiday when you’re so full that you can’t eat anymore, but there is still a ton of food. Clean up time can be intimidating with the heaps of food you have to put away. If you don’t want to be eating leftover mashed potatoes everyday for a week, we have a solution! 

Cheesy potato muffins are the way to go! This recipe makes it easy to prepare these muffins and freeze them for whenever you need a quick bite.

Thank you to the Idaho Potato Commission and  Anushree Shetty for sharing this!

Here’s what you need to do:

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray as needed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • Salt as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 1/2 cups leftover mashed Idaho® potatoes
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella or sharp cheddar, shredded
  • Sour cream for topping, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease the muffin pan with cooking spray or butter. Set aside.
  2. Beat the eggs till the egg whites and yolks are well combined.
  3. Add the eggs along with chopped spinach, cheddar cheese, green onions, salt and pepper to the mashed potatoes. Mix until well combined.
  4. Scoop the potato-egg mixture into the prepared muffin tins filling the cups a little over 3/4 full. Smooth out the top using a spoon.
  5. Bake 25-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove the muffins from the oven and sprinkle each with a cheese topping of your choice.
  7. Return muffins to oven and continue to bake for 2 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes before carefully removing them.
  9. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and finely chopped green onions.
The completed dish courtesy of Anushree Shetty

Simple and delicious! For the full recipe created by Anushree Shetty and some further tips, check out Idaho Potato’s recipe guide here: https://idahopotato.com/recipes/leftover-mashed-potato-muffins

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Stracciatella- What it is and what to do with it

If you’ve ever had burrata cheese, you know that the filling is a creamy deliciousness. Did you know that the filling has its own name and you can get it by itself? This is called stracciatella!

Stracciatella cheese is sweet and milky. It is shreds of mozzarella that are cut and soaked in sweet cream. The great thing about this cheese is that it is so versatile! Because it is soaked in that fresh sweet cream, it has sweet undertones. Even though it is naturally on the sweeter side, what you pair it with can drastically alter the taste. 

Here are a few ways– savory or sweet– to enjoy stracciatella cheese as appetizers!

Savory

These ideas are based on some stracciatella on a cracker. Our favorite crackers to use are Panzanella crackers. In multiple different flavors of crackers, they can really enhance the flavors you want to bring out

1. Olive Oil

Olive oil is great to put on stracciatella because you can have a lot of fun with it. There are so many olive oils and flavored olive oils that will bring out the best of stracciatella. One of our favorites is lemon olive oil! Try a drizzle of lemon olive oil with a little bit of salt, pepper, and oregano. 

For these next few, we explored our prepared foods and used parts of our prepared salads or foods to pair with the stracciatella and crackers! 

2. Roasted Red Pepper

We cut up a roasted red pepper from the prepared foods department and put that piece on our cracker with stracciatella. It doesn’t even need any additional toppings because the pepper itself has so much flavor. The sweetness of the red pepper is toned down by the oil and seasoning it is roasted in which brings out a burst of flavor when paired with stracciatella!

3. Portobello Mushroom and Broccoli Rabe

For this one, we grabbed a marinated mushroom from our marinated vegetables and garnished with a little piece of broccoli rabe. This combo is a good way to add a little bit of everything to your palate.The crunchiness from the cracker mixed with the sweetness of the cheese is further enhanced by the marinade of the mushroom and the soft crunch of the broccoli rabe!

4. Marinated Artichoke

This one doesn’t need toppings either and is one of our absolute favorites. We took a little bit of our marinated artichoke salad and peeled some of the leaves which we then put on the cracker with the stracciatella. The marinade on the artichoke mixes well with the creaminess of the cheese and creates a burst of flavor sure to leave you satisfied!

Sweet

When you're looking for something sweet, but not too sweet, stracciatella is the way to go! What you pair it with can make it a simple and satisfying treat!

1. Jams

Much like the olive oil, jams are a great way to adjust the flavor of stracciatella. There are so many different flavors of jams and preserves to pair with stracciatella. Whether a unique flavor or a classic one– most all of them will work with stracciatella. Some of our favorites to top stracciatella with are the fig spread or a cranberry jam! 

2. Strawberries

We love fruit and we know that cheese goes well with strawberries! Put a strawberry slice on a cracker with the cheese and you have a sweet bite! If it’s too sweet, add a drop of balsamic to tone down the sweetness.

3. Dark Chocolate Cherry Crackers

Using a sweeter cracker is a simple way to alter the flavor. Try stracciatella on a dark chocolate cherry cracker! The understated sweet flavor of the dark chocolate and cherry cracker brings out the sweetness in the cheese. If you still want it a little sweeter, trying adding a chocolate covered cashew for another hint of sweetness!

Stracciatella can be used for so much more than just appetizers! Use it to make chicken caprese. Make a pizza- replace your mozzarella with stracciatella and top with roasted veggies or even some prosciutto and arugula. Put it on a piece of friselle with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano.

The opportunities are endless and delicious! What recipes do you use stracciatella in? 

From Our Family To Yours

The Thanksgiving Feast

Holidays are a stressful time, especially for a host. On the holiday centered around eating, the food preparation can be long and tedious. Take all the stress out of Thanksgiving and let us do the work for you!

We want you to enjoy all the aspects of Thanksgiving, so we will do the cooking for you! We offer a full feast that will make your guests full and make your Thanksgiving easier! Our homemade feast feeds 10-12 people. Our feast is made the same way you would at home! We use all natural foods, no preservatives, and the special touch that only comes with homemade food. The feast includes all the fixings for a homemade dinner!

Your meal comes with a 14-16lb turkey, three sides, and a dozen dinner rolls. The sides are customizable! You can choose what vegetables and potatoes you want from our variety of options. You can also upgrade your stuffing and try out our italian sausage stuffing!

On the side, you will get cranberry sauce or cranberry jelly and gravy.

No meal is complete without dessert and Thanksgiving calls for pie! You will get a fresh baked 8-inch La Bella Romana pie, your choice of apple or pumpkin!

All items come hot, fully cooked, and ready to serve. We are in the kitchen on Thanksgiving morning so that you don’t have to be.

You can get all of this for only $139.99! We also offer just the turkey without the full meal for only $79.99! We will be featuring all the menu options in-store on November 16th and 17th from 12pm-6pm. You can stop by any location and sample the menu options at our holiday showcase!

From Our Family To Yours

5 Foods to Add to Your Beauty Regimen

The superfoods you can easily incorporate into your diet to lighten your skincare routine

With the holidays coming up, life gets busy. Sometimes there is so much going on that health gets put on the backburners. 

Foods have the power to increase affect your body in the best possible ways. What we consume is so important to our overall health, but also affects our appearance.  

Collagen is a very important supplement for anti-aging and beauty. It is the most abundant protein in the human body and is essentially the substance that holds the bones together. It is especially present in the skin, bones, and tissue. It is important to boost your collagen production and that can be done through what we put in our bodies. 

Here are 5 foods to incorporate into your diet that will naturally boost your beauty regimen

1. Watermelon

Watermelon is great for hydration (water…it’s in the name!). Watermelons are about 90% water which will lead to better hydration. We all know that in the winter, the cold weather has the ability to dry out your skin and leave it dull. The water content in watermelon can naturally add that hydration back into your diet. PLUS it’s high in lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that is responsible for the red coloring of watermelon. 

2. Papaya

Papaya has many anti-aging effects. It is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. One of the richest antioxidants in papaya is beta-carotene which aids is keeping your skin free from radical damage. In summary, more papaya = less wrinkles

3. Berries

Berries are a great way to add a little sweetness into your day, plus, there are so many to choose from! Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries- all delicious and packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C. These antioxidants and vitamins aid in protecting from damage and damage causing enzymes, which in turn, boosts collagen production.

4. Avocados

Holy guacamole!! Avocados are a great source of vitamin E. This can help to prevent the harmful enzymes which breakdown collagen. The healthy oils from avocados can help to moisturize and hydrate skin too!

5. Almonds

Much like avocados, almonds have a large amount of vitamin E and healthy oils. What makes almonds different and a staple is that almonds are rich in copper. Copper is very important to the body’s ability to produce collagen. 

There are so many foods and supplements that can help in naturally helping your body create those good vitamins and get rid of the bad ones. If you are interested in learning more about collagen come join us on 11/11 from 5:30-6:30 where Fruitful Yield will be diving into the collagen topic!

Click here to get tickets to this free event!

From Our Family To Yours